Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Whew! Last week was a Doozy! Nothing really bad happened but it was B.U.S.Y. By the end of the week I wasn't sure whether I was coming or going. 

 Monday was the day I had been waiting for! FREE CONE DAY AT DAIRY QUEEN! I look forward to this day every year, not going to lie! I was smart this time and went in the middle of the afternoon before I taught and only had ONE car in front of me! Granted they took so long to order I wanted to get out and go see if they needed help, but minor detail!
 Dairy Queen's Small Cones are crazy big! I was excited this year as they let me choose what flavor I wanted!
 Obviously my cone was half gone by the time I got back to my house.
 I was feelin my look so I took some selfie's before teaching and posted one with my new necklace and proceeded to get the most hilarious texts and fb comments from Auds. I had TEARS. SO funny!
 Speaking of Friends. Emboz was having surgery Tuesday,  I was putting together her get well present and found the most appropriate card. I had to snap a pic and send it to a few friends. Side Note: It was even more funny because Emboz injured herself by falling down.

 Tuesday I was up bright and early and dressed in my brand new puffer vest! I have wanted a puffer vest for FOREVER. And had quite the time trying to order one from Sears in 2015. They sent me everything BUT a puffer vest. Think Kids underpants, and a tool. So I was pretty excited to find this puffer vest half off at DG!
 I packed up my bags and looked like I was going to move into the Surgery Center. And with everything I brought, all I used was my cell phone and a bottle of water. Oh well. Better to be prepared!
 I was hoping to see Em before her surgery but they took her in early. So when I arrived she was already 20 mins into her surgery! I hung out in the waiting room with her hubs and we had a lovely time chatting! I joked that we had way better of a time than Emboz did. :) For some reason we never sat in these really comfy looking chairs. Should have!!

After Em was done with Surgery, her hubby went to go see her, and I sat in the waiting room and kept all of the bags. And then I ended up keeping an ear out for another person's loved one in surgery while she ran to use the restroom and get a snack. Thankfully at that point I was all alone in my section so of course I snapped a picture. I also moved one of those ottomans over and propped my feet up. It was COMFY!!

After Em's Hubby finally came out over an hour later, he took the bags and I headed off to my Allergist Dr Apt who was in the same complex, in a building across the road. Nothing like being efficient! I had my 6 month check up and was pronounced fine and dandy! Well, still allergic to life, but other than that fine and dandy. :)

Wednesday morning I was up and at em early again. (Sensing a theme here?) I had to go get my allergy shot (you can't see the Dr and get a shot on the same day) It's a new batch of allergen stuff so i will have to go three times in about 10 days. Weds was the first of three trips! After I got my shot I went to Sonic and picked up a healing Cherry Limeade for Emboz and then made my way over to her house to check in on her and see how she was doing!

 People who have just had surgeries get a pass on taking pictures. I decided I'd take a picture of her knee to commemorate and then she told me I should put the Sonic cup in and that she would do a thumbs up. Worked for me!! She is attached to "Horrible Helga" which looks like a 1950's torture device for your knee. Having seen her get in it and turn it on, I'm pretty sure that's an accurate description.

After visiting with the patient for a bit, I boogied back home to teach lessons for a few hours.

 Thursday I was doing dishes around lunch and looked out the window in my kitchen to see a dog pooping in my mulch. Spoiler alert, I don't have a dog.
 After I had taught some and was getting ready for a Skype lesson,  I was so tired that I decided I was going to teach from the couch. And so I did! And it was Comfy!
 And yes I am wearing the same outfit as I did Tuesday, but in my defense I washed it! (In the sink since my washer is broken)
 Friday, exhausted but ready for the weekend! Inbetween lessons I hopped over to my Chiropractor for a MUCH needed adjustment.
 Friday evening's I usually try to get some computer work done after I'm done teaching early, but it was SOOOOO beautiful outside I just couldn't stay indoors. I grabbed my people magazine and a book, and went out to get some sun and enjoy our warm weather!
 It was crazy windy outside, hence my hair blowing like a supermodels ;), but it felt SO GREAT!!
 Chillaxin and lovin life!
 I mean look at that beautiful sky!! And yes I need a privacy fence there so my neighbor doesn't stare at me through his windows. #GetSomeBlindsDude
 Attempting to tan my legs. Didn't work but felt great.
 I couldn't stop myself!
I love Sunny Sky Pictures!

I stayed outside for an hour, and then couldn't take the wind anymore.  I watched the news and then decided to run to Aldi's for some groceries. I love walking around that store. Yes I am weird.

The rest of the weekend was spent catching up on Designated Survivor and getting some MUCH needed sleep. By Saturday I was running on empty, but thankfully Sunday I finally got some rest and didn't feel like going back to bed 10 minutes after getting out of bed. Good thing too, as this week promises to be busy as well!

Monday, March 20, 2017


This week is REALLY light on pictures. I forgot to take pictures several days of the week and then I got sick at the end of the week. I swear. Months of no sick days and in the span of 8 days I get food poisoning and then a fever virus. I'm ready for winter to be over!

 Monday. or at least I think it was Monday, it snowed. It was pretty since I didn't have to go anywhere!
 I took these earlier in the day and it snowed more. But within a few days the snow had melted. My kind of snow!!

 I got super excited when I saw that TODAY!! Monday 20'th is FREE CONE DAY At DQ!!!!!
 Wednesday after teaching I saw my laptop and work stuff up in the studio so I could get some work done while keeping my eye on the laundry. yes I am paranoid. Have your house flood several times and see how you feel!

 My Handy Dandy New Shop Vac was ready to go. And sadly... I had to use it... See that round hole on the top? That dumb thing kept SPRAYING My face and body with water. I was NOT HAVING IT. It was not a good night in my world. And the next day my back KILLED me, from lifting 5 pounds of water over and over and over.........

 Thursday I finally remembered that I was supposed to take pictures of my days :)

 I got done teaching at 7:30 and was sooooo excited that it was still light outside!! I ran outside with my almost makeup-less face, to take pictures and managed to take a selfie in front of my trash can. #Attractive

 I headed to the front yard and took a selfie with my driveway. I mean really, I was killing it!!

I also finally figured out where to hang my He Is Risen, sign that I got from Dollar Tree! Yes, it is hanging on the side of the fridge. And looking pretty cute if  do say so myself!

And that's the end of my pictures. Overnight Thursday night into Friday I got sick and have been resting on the couch all weekend long. Now go get yourself a Free DQ Ice Cream Cone!!!!

Monday, March 13, 2017


Last week.... Ohhhh last week.. At one point I thought that there was no where to go but up.. And then I got Food Poisoning. Needless to say I'm happy for a fresh start to a new week!

 Monday started off with straightening my hair. Due to another Sewer blockage I needed to conserve shower water, so I skipped washing my hair that morning.  Thankfully I had washed my hair Sunday evening and put it in a bun so it was straight-ish.
 I had several errands that I had to get done before teaching, and it was pouring rain outside. So I treated myself to a Sonic Cherry Limeade and then stopped at Great Harvest Bread Company for lunch to go. I had never been there before but I will be back!! Their sandwiches were the size of my hand! for just a half!! And soooo yummy!!
 Of course when I straighten my hair it downpours..
 Due to the aforementioned sewer issues, I couldn't do my laundry. Jboz was kind enough to let me come over inbetween lessons (Thankfully I had two cancellations, which really helped!) and do laundry at her place. She had to take Roman to a gym class, so I brought the other half of my sandwich, and had dinner and watched some Say yes to the dress and the news. BY far the most peaceful part of my day. And possibly week. 

 And yes, I took pictures. 

 Wednesday dawned bright and early again, as I had to get my allergy shot before heading to a two hour dentist apt. I was glad I had gotten up early when the people came to clean out my sewer right as I was getting out of the shower. 

My dentist apt wasn't fun, but at least this time I didn't try to throw up on her, so I counted that as a plus.

I came back home, taught lessons and was still halfway numb, but with a throbbing mouth, after finishing teaching.

At that point I thought to myself, there is no where to go but up. At least this week can't get any worse.

And then around 1:45 am I woke up and got sick about 55 seconds after I woke up.

Thankfully it wasn't the Flu (Very Thankfully as the Flu has landed me in the hospital more than once) but it was Food Poisoning. And I had not the best night of my life.

 As I was laying on the ground outside my bathroom I was struck by how hard my floor is. Even with a blanket.  I was also struck by how HAPPY I was that I have space for a small chest on the very lower shelf on the far right of the picture. And inside that chest I hold a blanket, pillow, saltines, medicine, water, ect.  Being able to lay on the ground and grab that when you're sick is a lifesaver.  And my fan sits right inside the laundry room door so I can pull it out quickly. When you live with a chronic illness, you learn to keep those things handy.

Friday I was elated to be feeling much better, and be able to shower, put on real clothes, and get back into my routine.
 Sunday, I was not so elated for DST time change. And it was my Sunday to Serve so no sleeping in! I went to bed early to plan ahead, and woke up and thought my alarm was about to go off. So I let my brain wake up. Finally I rolled over to see what time it was.. 5:35. am. I had an hour and a half of sleep left! That I never got. And of course with the time change it was really 4:35 to my body. It was painful. I chugged my huge cup of iced coffee and was still tired. I ended up drinking half of a coca cola on the way to church and still struggled.

Thankfully Makeup hides a multitude of sins, including very little sleep!

Thankful DST only happens once a year. I hate Springing forward! Also thankful my first students were on Spring Break today so I got to sleep in! HALLELUJAH!!

Monday, March 6, 2017


So I'm doing my best to get these weekly wrap up's done on Monday each week. Today has been a DOOZY. It's 9 pm and I am just now sitting down to check email and such. So if this post isn't the most well written, you'll understand once you read next week's wrap up about today!

 In happier news we started off last week with my BIIIIRRRTTHHHDAAAYYYYY!!! And nothing says your Birthday like watching One Tree Hill and eating a piece of ice cream cake with lunch. Spoiler alert, I had a piece of Ice Cream cake every single day last week.
 The chalkboard was updated, but sadly none of my pictures with said chalkboard looked decent.

 I rocked my Be-You-Tiful shirt and a new necklace my Mom had given me.

 And then I had a little photo session in the piano room with my balloons. Because, it was my birthday. and I was alone. So why not!
 This is pretty much me in a nutshell... :)
 Normally, I try to get work done before students arrive. Mondays are paperwork day, and a lot of computer work. but, it was my birthday and I still didn't feel great from whatever was bothering me on Sunday, so i did nothing. And it was lovely. I decided to use my random 15 free minutes before a lesson to get in some reading.
 Several of my students brought me presents and it was SO sweet and thoughtful! I loved that my students signed their names and then Mommy. HA HA HA
 Inbetween lessons/early dinner involved a piece of strawberry cake.
 And then, glorious day, I did something I was SO excited about!! I started setting up my new printer!! AMEN, HALLELUJAH!! My old printer struggles. And it wasn't wireless. So everytime I would be working at my desk and think to print off a song or homework for a student I would have to cart my laptop into the studio, pull out my chair to get to the armoire to plug in my computer and so on. It was a pain! I had been saving my crowdtap gift cards to buy a new printer on amazon and mentioned it to my Mom, and she told me maybe, I should wait until after my birthday :) bless her.

I'm happy to report that setting up this bad boy was crazy easy and it is my printer dream come true!!!!!

In unrelated news, almost every student has gotten take home piano homework this week...........


 So my friend and Piano Student Sarah knows that I LOVE Hotbox Ranch. It tastes exactly like the ranch I had at college in Florida, and ate basically every day for three years.Don't get me started on their chicken tenders, I have still yet to find a match for them!  But I digress. Sarah knew she'd have a lesson on my birthday so she went to Hotbox and asked for a ton of ranch. The lady thought she was nuts, but she gave it to her and the best part ( in my opinion) she put it in a small pizza box!!! HAHAHAHAHAHHAHA How funny is that??!!

You'll notice we have a little photobomber in the picture above. The next student wanted to get in on the action. :)

 Speaking of that next student, she brought me a present as well! And she had even written out on the bag, to and from! I love that she had issues spelling my name so she just stuck with Miss C. HA! This sweet little girl gave me one of her Minnie Mouse stuffed animals. She has such a giving heart (as do many of my students!) I just thought it was so precious and thoughtful that she knew it was my birthday and wanted to give me something.
 After I was done with lessons it was 7:30 on my birthday evening and Dog N Suds had opened that same day. So I think we all know where I went!!!!! Shockingly the police had left from directing traffic in the parking lot (yes it's THAT busy) and I only had to wait a minute or two for a slot!
 Tuesday (phew, is it only Tuesday?) Something else happened that I was super pumped about!! Addie Jane and her Momma came to visit me on their way back to Iowa! Addie's birthday is a few days before mine so we celebrated together! SO awesome!! Addie is way into baby dolls so I had got her a baby doll feeding kit, complete with the Magic milk and juice bottles. She.was.a.fan. It was so cute!!
 Feeding her Baaayyyyyyybeeeeee
 We had lots of fun, playing with baby, attacking balloons, eating Strawberry cake which she LOVED. And hoping and praying (Well Addie did) that a choo choo would go by again. I have three train tracks in my backyard and with all the times Addie has been to my house she has never noticed or cared. NOT TODAY! She was all about the choo choos, and the lack of choo choos had her saying every few minutes... "Choo Choos? Choo Choos bye? Choo Choo??" all while looking like someone had died. It was pretty hilarious. Needless to say when I heard a choo choo go by I picked her up and ran like fire to the kitchen. I don't think Audra knew I could move that fast. HA! And Addie got to see a nice long choo choo. Pretty sure her little life was made right then!
 We attempted some selfie's. And Addie attempted to rid her hair of the 9'th ponytail holder her Mama had put in:)

 And then suddenly we had Donald Trump in our midst. HA!
 Our group selfie's didn't fare that well thanks to my terrible hair day and the light being BEHIND us. Oops.

I love that her thing is to stick her tounge out in pictures. It lives things up :) How cute is my Music from the Heart Sign that Audra made me for the studio????!! I love it!!!
 A closer look!!
 Wednesday was back to being productive. A Piano Teacher's life, coffee and laminating Piano Go Fish Cards.
 Wednesday night Emboz and I met up at Arni's for dinner, so I could get my free birthday pizza, and have some girl time. It was much needed!! We sat there for a long time, well after we had finished eating and it was just so nice to chat and not have to worry about the time or getting back somewhere! I also brought her, her very late Christmas/Birthday gift. And I wish I had taken a picture when she opened it!! I got her the CUTEST Cat wearing glasses watch. Which is saying a lot since I despite cats!
 We also managed to take some dang good selfies.
 You can kind of see her watch here if you zoom in!

 Thursday morning my drill was charged up and ready, and I used my level and hung my new sign in the studio! Doesn't it look so cute??!!!
 Thursday inbetween lessons I worked on my gallery wall. I love how it's coming! It still needs more but this is a start!
 Friday I finally was able to run over to Firehouse Subs and pick up my birthday sub. I had been DREAMING about that sub for weeks. And then they made it on wheat bread and i didn't realize until i got home. sadness. It still tasted good but not as much as it would have on white!!
 Lately by Fridays I am just BEAT. So I took the time inbetween lessons to sit down and actually relax for awhile while I watched The Real's Girl Chat. Love that show!!

Friday ended with a beautiful sunset and me realizing that once the time changes it will be this light at almost 8 pm!!! WAHOOOO!! There is something about getting done teaching while it's still light outside that makes me very, very happy!